Second Grade -Art

Your second grade child will enjoy this website that offers a free drawing/sketching lesson on video. It’s about 10 minutes. Perhaps, your child could practice with the drawing of plants, insects, birds, and reptiles she will see on her science explorations. 

This lesson, and your child’s response, will be one indicator of artistic talent and interest.

Think about making a portfolio of your child’s masterpieces if you haven’t started one already.

You can get one of Doug's free downloadable learning to draw books  at his website (drawbooks.com). 

Phonics and Reading

Second graders will begin working with medial consonant sounds, double vowels, vowel digraphs, diphthongs, compound words, and prefixes. These lessons can be found here. 

By now, your child can read many words from stories and poems. Make sure that they use their phonics knowledge to sound out the letters.

If you would like to learn more about teaching your child to read and measuring her comprehension, visit my suggestions for reading improvement. 

While your second grader probably has read Green Eggs and Ham, reviewing the book and applying some Socratic questioning to it will improve her reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. 

English and Spelling

In addition to reviewing the parts of speech, your child will learn about adverbs. Adverbs are  the most complicated part of speech, so take your time.

Simply put, adverbs have a big job because they modify three other parts of speech: verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs.

I want to give a plug to Enchanted Learning website that I believe does a very good job of making early learning fun and relaxed.

Here is a list of Grade 2 spelling words from another  good website.

Writing can be a daunting task for some children, but parents can make it easier for their little ones. Visit my guest blog for a No Tears Approach to Writing, 

Of course, your child also could express herself by writing some simple, light-hearted poems. 

Share Your Child's Writing

Do you want to help your child write better, but can't find a trustworthy, economical service? I have found no free editing or revision service on the web either.Therefore, in the box below, type in up to 100 words (about two paragraphs) of your child's writing and click submit. I will personally review her writing sample and make comments on her strengths and areas for improvement. If you would like to keep your child's information confidential, that's fine. If you would like to publish her photo next to her writing, you can do that too! It's all good.

Handwriting

This year, click here to see the strokes and print practice worksheets your child needs to learn lowercase cursive. 


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Math

Second graders will practice three- and four-digit addition and subtraction, as well as continuing to review concepts of geometry, fractions, and measurements. If your child learns all of these easily enough, you will introduce the multiplication tables. 

Parents: Find a good math book that covers these items, and make sure your child gets lots of practice until she can complete these demanding problems without error. Accuracy in math is extremely important. Click here to download these worksheets.


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Subtraction

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Adjust the lessons according to your child’s interests. If s/he seems to be a wizard at math, then, never hold them back. But again, your child MUST have her times’ table MEMORIZED. I know I’m probably showing my age here, but when I was in school, this is how I remember math being taught:

  •       1st   –  addition
  •       2nd  – subtraction
  •       3rd  –    multiplication
  •     4th    –   division (My husband, a high school Math teacher, didn't study division until the fifth grade.) 
  •      5th  –    fractions
  •      6th  –   decimals   
  •      7th  –   (sorry, the 7th grade is a blur to me)
  •      8th  –   pre-Algebra
  •      9th  –   Algebra
  •     10th – Geometry
  •     11th – Algebra 2
  •     12th – Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus

Honestly, there is no difference in the math curriculum taught today. What is different, however, is that while few 9th graders know their times’ tables today, I never had that problem. Of course, part of this problem is the use of calculators. Believe me, as a calculator falls into the category of “electronic gadgets,” your child will have no problem learning to use one when a true need arises. I don’t see where today’s students are any better off pushing forward from one concept to the next at breakneck speed. I believe “Slow and Steady wins the Race”.

As a homeschooling parent, you have the freedom to adjust math to your child’s needs. Don’t be afraid to be different. 

Science

This year’s second grade science lessons can focus on life science with a study of local insects, birds, reptiles. Field trips to area state parks always enhance a child’s learning.  On the physical science end, your child can study about sound, light, magnets, and electricity. Choose science lessons from this website, and keep adding to your child’s science portfolio.

History

I have a brazen suggestion, parents. How about we study American History in a relaxed and easy chronological manner with emphasis on inspiring stories of brave statesmen, women, and inventors? That said, there are many great people to study during the Revolutionary Period.

Be sure to study Eli Whitney and the Cotton Gin too. Here is my second recommendation of another awesome, economical website: www.edhelper.com They have hundreds of worksheets and present material in various modes that improve comprehension. I personally joined to provide additional support materials when I was teaching ESL years ago. American Revolutionary heroes that your child could study include

  • Paul Revere's Midnight Ride
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Patrick Henry
  • George Washington
  • Boston Tea Party
  • Battle of Lexington and Concord

Physical Education and Health

A second grader needs one hour of aerobic exercise is needed. To read further about developing a life sport and the benefits of having a physical exercise program, click here.

After reading this second grade curriculum guide, click here to return to the  other curriculum pages.  

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